DIRECTORS

Jeremiah Eis, music director

Best classified as a “jack-of-all-trades” musician, Jeremiah Eis currently holds positions as Conductor of the N.E.W. Wind Symphony, Music Director of the Manitowoc Marine Band, and Band Director at Xavier Middle School. An experienced educator, he was formerly an Assistant Professor of Music at Silver Lake College. While at SLC, he formed the Silver Lake Wind Ensemble, leading to the development of the largest instrumental music program in the history of the institution. Additionally, he established a high school band festival, served as Chair of the Music Department, was elected Chair of the Faculty, and received the 2013 Freddy Award for building community on campus. Other teaching experiences include the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Gresham Community School District, Reedsville High School, and the Valders Area School District. Eis is also a member of the prestigious Wisconsin Bandmasters’ Association, whose membership is granted by invitation only.

Eis is in-demand as a low brass musician, and has performed with groups such as the Concord Chamber Orchestra, Dorf Kapelle, Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra, Newtonburg Brass Band, Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra, Peninsula Players Theatre, Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Symphonic Winds, and many others. Additionally, he has graced the stage with artists from the Canadian Brass, Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show Band, and numerous professional orchestras. He has been featured as a soloist multiple times throughout his career, recorded compact discs, premiered works, had arrangements published, and received a Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association in 2011 for conducting the Wisconsin Collegiate Honors Band.

Eis received his Master of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he was a winner of the band department’s renowned concerto competition, and his Bachelor of Music degree from St. Norbert College, where he received the Winters Award for his contributions to music in the community. He is also a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc and the United States Army School of Music.

As a member of the Wisconsin Army National Guard, Eis serves as a Staff Sergeant, Squad Leader, Assistant Conductor, and Unit Career Counselor with the 132nd Army Band. In the unit, he has performed on concert tours, and provided music for deployment functions, gubernatorial inaugurations, and congressional ceremonies. Additionally, he performed as part of a halftime show on NFL’s Monday Night Football. His military awards include the National Defense Service Medal and the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal.

Corey Van Sickle, assistant director

Corey has lived in the Manitowoc/Two Rivers area since 2008 when he was hired by Roncalli High School as a Band Teacher.  He previously lived in the Eau Claire area as a college student at UW-Eau Claire.  Music has been a passion of his for as long as he can remember, and is blessed with the opportunity to continue being a very active musician inside and outside of Roncalli. Currently, he performs with the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble, Generations Jazz Band, Newtonburg Brass Band, Water's Edge Brass, and a couple of church ensembles.  All of his family lives in western Wisconsin, but he is blessed with a wonderful fiancé Lisa Freiberg.